14 yrs in prison for VT crack dealer who bought in Springfield

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WWLP-AP) – A man who prosecutors say traveled to western Massachusetts as many as 70 times to buy crack cocaine to sell in Vermont has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The Burlington Free Press reports that 30-year-old Randy Gaboriault of Winooski offered a brief apology as he was sentenced Tuesday in federal court. Court documents say he and his associates made as many as 70 trips to Springfield, Mass., between 2009 and 2012 to purchase about 8 kilograms of cocaine worth up to $980,000.

Prosecutors have called Gaboriualt a major crack cocaine trafficker in the state of Vermont.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan said Gaboriault had 15 prior convictions and called him a longtime thorn in the side of the community. His lawyer, Jordana Levine, told the judge her client recognizes what he did was terrible and destructive and that he wants to change his behavior.

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